Marriott and Chase announced two limited-time offers today for their co-branded Bonvoy credit cards — including one that can score you 100,000 bonus points.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature card awards new cardholders 100,000 bonus points after they spend $3,000 within three months of being approved. This $95 annual fee card also comes with a complimentary anniversary night starting the second year of membership.
Meanwhile, the no-annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold Visa Signature card gives 50,000 bonus Bonvoy points for new cardholders who spend just $1,000 within three months of approval.
We don’t yet know how long the offers will hang around. Sometimes we get only a day’s notice (if that), so if you’re able to meet the minimum spend requirements soon, considering jumping on the promotions.
Plus, Marriott has a pretty huge global footprint (more than 7,000 hotels participate in the Bonvoy program), so you’ll very likely find somewhere to use your points.
Here’s a quick breakdown of both cards.
I think this is the better of the two offers. Why?
- the 100,000 bonus points promotion (up from 75,000)
- the annual anniversary night (beginning year two) at hotels valued up 35,000 points.
That’s a decent deal for a card that carries a $95 annual fee.
Consider that if you approved now, the annual anniversary night won’t drop into your account until next July or August. So you’ll have until July or August 2022 to use it. Hopefully, travel will be well on its way to recovery by then — and there will be a coronavirus vaccine readily available.
A few of the card’s standard features:
- 6X Bonvoy points at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
- 2X Bonvoy points on all other purchases
- 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature gives the cardholder automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. That entitles you to:
- Priority late checkout
- 10% bonus points on stays
Plus, you can take advantage of Marriott’s Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year. (Frankly, if the status is your thing, you’re better off receiving complimentary Gold status at both Marriott and Hilton with a Platinum Card from American Express or Business Platinum Card from American Express.)
For everyday spending, this card — like many other hotel credit cards — is not exactly a winner. For that, you’re better off with an American Express Gold Card, which earns 4X on US supermarket purchases (up to $25k/yearly) and 4X on worldwide dining purchases and then transferring those Membership Rewards points to Bonvoy. (The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card are other decent options, too.)
–> Learn how to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature Credit Card.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold Visa Signature card is up to 50,000 bonus points from its previous 35,000. The card doesn’t have an anniversary night, though there’s no annual fee. Plus, the promotion’s minimum spending requirement is only $1,000 to achieve the bonus.
The card also includes:
- 3X Bonvoy points at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
- 2X Bonvoy points on other travel purchases (i.e. airfare, taxis, and trains).
- 1X Bonvoy point on all other purchases
- Receive 15 Elite Night Credits annually, qualifying you for Silver Elite Status. Restrictions apply
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
–> Learn how to apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Chase Visa Signature Credit Card.
Chase has several exceptions (of course) for these bonuses — in addition to 5/24.
The product is not available to either:
- current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ credit card, or
- previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), or Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ credit card, who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
The bonus is not available to you if you:
are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express);
are a current or previous cardmember of either Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card), and received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months; or
applied and were approved for Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card) within the last 90 days.
These are some good offers for cards involved in a big, global program. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Chase Visa Signature card is the way to go here because of the 100,000 bonus points and annual anniversary night — which you should be able to enjoy when the travel world is safer.
Neither cards are compelling for daily spending — but certainly provide nice Bonvoy point boosts.
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